Addiction is now the biggest preventable killer in Britain, causing at least around 150,000 deaths a year (1,700 related to drug addiction, 33,000 related to alcohol addiction and 120,000 related to tobacco addiction).
Smoking has a detrimental impact on all major systems of the human body, in particular, the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems. In Chinese medicine, smoking weakens the lung's function of commanding the overall movement of Qi (body's essential energy) and blood in the meridians (the channels through which Qi circulates). This is caused by the accumulation of heat in the lungs and stomach, which in turn causes fire in the heart and/or stagnation of liver Qi (liver's own essential energy). Hence withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, palpitations, mood swings and restlessness occur.
Alcohol addiction, like tobacco addiction and drug addiction, can cause irreversible damage to all the major organs in the human body (although a moderate amount of alcohol under certain circumstances can be beneficial for health).
Studies have shown that Chinese Medicine can reduce the craving for cigarettes and other addictive substances and the World Health Organisation has agreed that Acupuncture has a therapeutic effect on dependence of tobacco, alcohol, cocaine, heroin and opium*.
According to CM theory, Chinese Medicine treats the withdrawal symptoms caused by addictions and reduces the cravings. Our patients after treatment often report a dislike for the smell of tobacco and any craving stops when they press ear points with herbal seeds on (this is called ear acupuncture where either herbal seeds or metal studs are plastered on to certain points on the ears).
Acupuncture and Herbs are used according to Chinese Medicine theory to stimulate detoxification, promote a heightened sense of relaxation, encourage endorphin production in order to overcome addiction, help the body cope with stress, improve circulation and promote mental wellbeing.
The length of treatment depends on the patient's response and on the severity and duration of the addiction. Drug addiction has also been shown to benefit from Chinese medical treatment.
Treatment for addiction can be effective only if the patient is determined to change.
Please note that although we are confident in our treatments, we cannot guarantee a cessation of addiction as the needs and difficulties of each patient can differ greatly.
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The patient spent six months of his life struggling with one of the harshest addictions imaginable - heroin addiction. He was studying at London University at the time and ran up enormous debts, all the time thinking that he had his situation under control. It was after becoming extremely ill while being unable to get any heroin for three days that he walked into the AcuMedic Centre.
This was the first time that he could freely admit his heroin addiction, and after four months of continued treatment, and the support of doctors and staff at AcuMedic, the power of the drug diminished and was eventually brought to a manageable level.